Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Million Dollar Blawg : Calculate the Value of Your Weblog with Dane Carlson's Business Opportunities Blog Worth Calculator

Dane Carlson's Business Opportunities Weblog has a blog valuation service - the Blog Worth Calculator - whereby you merely plug in the respective URL and it calculates the value of almost any blog based on "Data from Technorati and inspired by research from Tristan Louis. Photo CC by Cmiper." The valuation is made on a "link to dollar ratio" based on Louis Tristan's Doing the numbers on the AOL-WeblogsInc deal.

We now apply the Blog Worth Calculator to a specific selection of blogs on the Internet.

The Million Dollar Blawg
is a near tossup between the Volokh Conspiracy, valued (today) at $1,300,135.62
and the Lessig Blog, valued at $1,243,681.62.

The Wall Street Journal Online Law Blog is stretching toward the million threshold value at $885,763.26 while Balkinization trails at $732,208.38 followed by Instapundit at a value of $597,283.32.

But these are mere valuation lightweights compared to popular political, technological or homespun mass media blogs such as these below (values are subject to change, day to day):

Business Opportunities Weblog - $2,832,297.18 (this amount conflicts with blog's own widget)
Gawker - $3,929,762.94
Official Google Blog - $4,713,909.00
Seth Godin - $4,802,541.78
Gigazine (ギガジン) 携帯電話を無線LANルーター化してFONのアクセスポイントにできるソフトウェアが登場 - $5,516,120.34
Smashing Magazine - $5,686,046.88
Daily Kos - $5,757,178.92
ReadWriteWeb - $5,963,236.02
Mashable - $6,204,294.60
icanhascheezburger - $6,672,298.26
Ars Technica - $8,185,830.00
Lifehacker - $8,918,602.92
Tech Crunch - $12,785,701.92
Engadget - $11,516,616.00
and, the champion under all blogs,
The Huffington Post - $15,457,669.74

- at least we were unable to find any blog that was valued higher than that:
update, unless one values the worth of Bloglines - $27,878,678.82,
but that is not really a pure blog but rather a blog service)

- using the Blog Worth Calculator, we could not, however, get values for sites like e.g. Gizmodo, Boing Boing, NYT Caucus Blog)

More on this topic at Susan Gunelius, Have You Calculated Your Blog's Worth?

Networking for the Legal Profession + Ways to Get Wild About Work, Increase Energy, Raise Kids & Improve the Environment, Reducing a Family Footprint

Building a Solo Practice has a posting titled Networking for Shy Lawyers, linking to 25 posts as compiled by the M.A.P. Maker on networking for shy people.

DO LOOK at both those websites.

Building a Solo Practice by Susan Cartier Liebel is very popular among solo practitioners

while M.A.P. Maker Curt Rosengren is a self-named Passion Catalyst

who has written a book aptly titled 101 Ways to Get Wild About Work
and links to blogs like Organicasm
which posts about things like
69 Natural Ways to Increase Your Energy

or (to improve family life after days in the office)
Go Green Early: 100 Tips, Resources, and Networks for Raising Kids the Environmentally-Friendly Way

or (to do your share to improve the environment)
Consumption Culture: 50 Easy Ways to Curtail Your Family’s Footprint

Our favorite in that last list is number 41,
which applies to nearly EVERYONE,
as a means to do a little bit against climate change:
Travel light:
Whenever possible,
walk or bike instead of taking your car.

HEADLINE UPDATE : Russia Ends War with Georgia over South Ossetia : The Roots of the Conflict by Anatol Lieven


Just minutes ago, via CNN from Moscow:

"Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced Tuesday that he has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called a halt to the advance of Russian troops in Georgia.

The announcement came minutes before French President Nicolas Sarkozy was to land in Moscow to meet with Medvedev to negotiate terms for a possible cease-fire.

"I have reached a decision to halt the operation to force the Georgian authorities to peace," Medvedev said. "The aggressor has been punished and has incurred very significant losses. Its armed forces are disorganized."


The Russians say Saakashvili attacked first in an attempt to gain control of South Ossetia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an earlier news conference Tuesday that Russia wanted a demilitarized zone to be created in Georgian territory before a cease-fire took effect."

The best analysis that we have seen in discussing the immediate origins of the conflict between Georgia and Russia is found at the Times Online in an August 11, 2008 article by Anatol Lieven titled Analysis: roots of the conflict between Georgia, South Ossetia and Russia. Lieven is "a professor at King’s College London and a senior Fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. In 1990-96 he was a correspondent for The Times in the former Soviet Union, including Georgia".

Lieven writes in conclusion of his article, which should be recommended reading for all the ill-informed commentators one currently finds on the web:

"Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin made it clear again and again that if Georgia attacked South Ossetia, Russia would fight. Georgian advocates in the West claimed that Moscow was only bluffing. It wasn’t."

Many Europeans think that Georgia was at fault for the war, having intentionally and unforgivably chosen the opening days of the Olympic Games (when Bush and Putin were in China) to attack Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia .... thinking they could get away with it.

The Russian response was quite clear and expected. The actions of Georgia really left the Russians no other choice. Putin had been quoted as saying that the Russians would take this matter to its "logical conclusion". There is no way that the Russians could tolerate the destruction of Tskhinvali in this manner and the killing of thousands of people, many of them civilians, that it regards to be its citizens. It had no option but to take measures to protect South Ossetia and also Abkhazia.

Some of the responsibility for this entire conflict can be placed right at the feet of Western politicians, who, through their naive and gullible NATO posturing, led the Georgian regime into a sense of security that the actions that they took against Tskhinvali were not dangerous to them, because the West would protect them (the Baltic nations in past history always made this mistake of relying too much on the West for protection), and this would mean that the Russians would not or could not retaliate as they must do if they are to retain respect in their own immediate geographic region.

Unfortunately, this kind of numb diplomacy by the United States has precedent. The entire matter reminds one of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, which would not have happened if the USA had not given Iraq the wrong diplomatic message:

"On Wednesday July 25, 1990, the U.S. Ambassador in Iraq, April Glaspie, asked the Iraqi high command to explain the military preparations in progress, including the massing of Iraqi troops near the border. The American ambassador declared to her Iraqi interlocutor that Washington, “inspired by the friendship and not by confrontation, does not have an opinion” on the disagreement which opposes Kuwait to Iraq, stating "we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts". She also let Saddam Hussein know that the U.S. did not intend "to start an economic war against Iraq". These statements may have misled Saddam into believing he had received a diplomatic green light from the United States to invade Kuwait (New York Times, September 23, 1990)."

We need a higher learning curve in world politics in the Western nations.


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